I’ve been listening to a lot of EDM lately (that’s Electronic Dance Music – check out Deadmau5!). It fascinated me to realize how much that kind of music makes me think of photography. The way the music works there feels to me like the way light works in photographs. The steady beats feel like the visual rhythms in the composition of an image, like the earthy, shadowy areas in a landscape. The rises and falls of the crescendos and drops feel like the way light spills from one corner of the frame to another, like a dramatic backlit sky on a stormy day. The way the bass kicks after a quiet break feels like the abrupt transition of a dark tree rising above the bright line of a distant horizon.
Maybe it seems like an odd connection to make, but to me it’s perfectly logical. I think creativity is something that resides within you. You bring it to bear on all of the things you do in your life. Creativity doesn’t seep into you from the outside, it’s something from within that colors the way you perceive the world. It’s an internal logic all of its own, personal to you, that allows you to see connections where others don’t. That’s one thing about it that makes it so wonderful.